April 29, 2019

John A. Logan College Musical Presentation
Friday, May 10 at 7PM
O’Neil Auditorium

The Civil Rights Movement has been described as one of the greatest “music” movements that this country has experienced. From “We Shall Overcome” to “This Little Light of Mine,” music played a vital role in the historic struggle, both as an inspirational rallying point and as a way to spread the message of equality and justice.

From the Freedom Riders, to the jails of Montgomery, Alabama and Parchman Prison, all the way to Washington DC, both old and new songs of the era spoke of the yearning for equal rights, the struggle and the determination to win freedom. These songs engaged and energized the movement and became the backbone of the nonviolent civil disobedience movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others.

In a show created to celebrate the civil rights movement, award-winning folksinger Chris Vallillo will perform pivotal songs that inspired and sustained this landmark movement at 7 PM on Friday, May 10 at John A. Logan College. Intermixed with the music, Vallillo will present first-hand accounts of the historic struggle and discuss the impact that music had on the social cause.

"The performance features 11 of the most pivotal songs of the Civil Rights Movement, performed by myself and a band,” said Vallillo.  “While the performance is going on historic images will be projected onto the stage, along with an ongoing narrative giving first person accounts of the music and how it was used in that historic struggle."

Make plans to attend this important performance on Friday, May 10 at 7 PM in the O’Neil Auditorium at John A. Logan College.  Vallillo will be joined by the JALC Choir, directed by Carlyn Zimmermann, and the Carbondale Community High School Choir, under the direction of Rebecca Browning. Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Funding for this program is provided by the Illinois Arts Council and the JALC Choir and Office of Diversity and Inclusion.